December 2016

by miran_kor | created - 01 Dec 2016 | updated - 04 Jan 2017 | Public

My viewing log. All the films (listed at IMDb) I've seen during this month.

Also, films NOT listed at IMDb (as of yet):

Fidel Castro - The Man Behind the Myth (Christine Campestre, 2015, doc) - 8/10 (R) Zelena ljubav (Rudolf Sremec, 1968, doc, sh) - 8/10 (R) Duet (Darko Kreč, 1988, sh) - 7/10 (FF) Hrepenenje (Dejan Karaklajić, 2016, sh) - 7/10 (FF) Blago mora (Branko M. Marjanović, 1981, doc, sh) - 7/10 (FF) Lutkica (Borivoj Dovniković, 1961, sh) - 7/10 (FF) Ljubav i film (Ivo Vrbanić, 1961, sh) - 8/10 (R) Otok tajni (Dražen Žarković, 2004, doc, sh) - 7/10 (FF)

Notes: TV = TV viewing OL = online viewing

R = Recommended (8-10/10) FF = For Fanatics Only (5-7/10) P = Pass (1-4/10)

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1. Zvizdan (2015)

123 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers - and the enduring strength - of forbidden love.

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Tihana Lazovic, Goran Markovic, Nives Ivankovic, Dado Cosic

Votes: 3,045

OL, 12/1/16. 8/10 (R).

2. Kosmicheskie prisheltsy (1981)

Animation, Short

Several scientists create drama around mysterious black ball.

Director: Aleksey Solovyov | Stars: Nikolay Karachentsov, Eduard Kolbus, Gennadi Korolkov, Boris Nikiforov

Votes: 16

OL, 12/1/16. 7/10 (FF).

3. Stand Up Guys (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

41 Metascore

A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

Director: Fisher Stevens | Stars: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies

Votes: 51,208 | Gross: $3.30M

TV, 12/1/16. 7/10 (FF).

4. The Skulls II (2002 Video)

R | 99 min | Thriller

After a college student is tapped to join the elite secret Skulls fraternity, he witnesses a girl's death and his life starts falling apart.

Director: Joe Chappelle | Stars: Robin Dunne, Nathan West, Ashley Tesoro, Lindy Booth

Votes: 2,797

TV, 12/1/16. 4/10 (P).

5. Dragons Forever (1988)

TV-14 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Three successful Hong Kong lawyers are hired by a chemical company of questionable ethics and must eventually make a difficult decision when their employer's motives become clear.

Directors: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Corey Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Pauline Yeung

Votes: 6,633

OL, 12/2/16. 6.5/10 (FF).

6. Svet Koji Nestaje (1987)

109 min | Documentary

It is a love story. When the twelve-breasted boar's sow farrows thirteen piglets, not having enough "sucking space" for the thirteenth, she rejects it and for the most part such piglets die... See full summary »

Director: Petar Lalovic | Star: Petar Kralj

Votes: 247

Orig. title: Svet koji nestaje.

OL, 12/2/16. 9/10 (R).

7. Bad Ass (2010)

R | 77 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A ruthless mafia hit man is transformed when he rescues a woman who takes the fall for one of his hits.

Director: Adamo P. Cultraro | Stars: Tom Sizemore, Tony Curran, Johnny Messner, Michael Bailey Smith

Votes: 322

TV, 12/2/16. 3/10 (P).

8. The Way of the Gun (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs

Votes: 30,618 | Gross: $6.06M

TV, 12/2/16. 7/10 (FF).

9. The Physician (2013)

R | 155 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

Director: Philipp Stölzl | Stars: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby

Votes: 33,898

TV, 12/3/16. 7/10 (FF).

10. The Last Hammer Blow (2014)

82 min | Drama

A 13-year old boy who lives with his single sick mom in a trailer near the beach, comes in contact with the father he never knew when the man performs as a conductor at the local music theater.

Director: Alix Delaporte | Stars: Romain Paul, Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois, Candela Peña

Votes: 410

TV, 12/3/16. 7/10 (FF).

11. Peter's Friends (1992)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 9,880 | Gross: $4.06M

TV, 12/4/16. 7/10 (FF).

12. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 18,570 | Gross: $0.74M

TV, 12/4/16. 8/10 (R).

13. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 8,218

OL, 12/5/16. 7/10 (FF).

14. The Passage (1986)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Jean Diaz is a filmmaker working on an animated feature that would speak out against violence, when he is suddenly killed in an accident. Diaz comes around after death only to face Death personified, who wants to strike a bargain with him.

Director: René Manzor | Stars: Alain Delon, Christine Boisson, Jean-Luc Moreau, Alain Lalanne

Votes: 500

TV, 12/5/16. 4.5/10 (FF).

TV, 12/5/16. 5/10 (FF).

16. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the run.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 5,344

OL, 12/6/16. 8/10 (R).

17. Little Mole (1957–2002)
Episode: Krtek a hodiny (1994)

29 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Add a Plot

Director: Zdenek Miler

Votes: 38

OL, 12/6/16. 7.5/10 (R).

18. Little Mole (1957–2002)
Episode: Krtek a telefon (1974)

8 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Add a Plot

Director: Zdenek Miler

Votes: 63

OL, 12/6/16. 8/10 (R).

19. 50 feet from Syria (2015)

39 min | Documentary, Short | Completed

'50 feet from Syria' follows Syrian-American surgeon Hisham Bismar as he travels to the Turkish/Syrian border to volunteer operating on victims from the Syrian civil war.

Director: Skye Fitzgerald

Votes: 46

TV, 12/6/16. 7/10 (FF).

20. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 83,304 | Gross: $24.48M

TV, 12/6/16. 8/10 (R).

21. The Man to Kill (1979)

105 min | Fantasy, History

After the murder of the Russian Emperor Peter III, who was succeeded by Empress Catherine, Satan decides that the balance between good and evil on Earth has been destabilized. In order to ... See full summary »

Director: Veljko Bulajic | Stars: Zvonimir Crnko, Vladimir Popovic, Charles Millot, Ranko Kovacevic

Votes: 212

Orig. title: Čovjek koga treba ubiti.

OL, 12/7/16. 7/10 (FF).

22. Yam Daabo (1987)

80 min | Drama

Poverty and misery are rife in Gourga, a village in the Sahel. The inhabitants must choose: stay and await international assistance or leave for more fertile regions in the country.

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo | Stars: Moussa Blogo, Aoua Guiraud, Assita Ouedraogo, Fatima Ouedraogo

Votes: 54

OL, 12/7/16. 6.5/10 (FF).

23. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

R | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West

Votes: 10,897 | Gross: $6.37M

TV, 12/7/16. 7/10 (FF).

24. 13 Hours (2016)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

48 Metascore

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

Votes: 107,412 | Gross: $52.85M

TV, 12/7/16. 7/10 (FF).

25. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 102,669 | Gross: $0.23M

OL, 12/8/16. 10/10 (R).

Note: A rewatch (the 1st one since 1980) for CFB Yearly Poll. The Song (my rate) Remains the Same!

26. Metastases (2009)

82 min | Crime, Drama

Four neighborhood friends in modern-day Zagreb struggle to get along as their relationships are plagued by alcohol, drugs, hooliganism, crime and their country's past.

Director: Branko Schmidt | Stars: Rene Bitorajac, Franjo Dijak, Robert Ugrina, Rakan Rushaidat

Votes: 3,494

OL, 12/8/16. 9/10 (R).

27. Turbulence (1997)

R | 100 min | Action, Thriller

After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a flight attendant must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 10,182 | Gross: $11.47M

TV, 12/8/16. 5/10 (FF).

28. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Votes: 412,928 | Gross: $137.40M

TV, 12/8/16. 6.5/10 (FF).

29. The Patriotic Woman (1979)

121 min | Drama

A history teacher and a patriot goes out into the winter landscape carrying a shovel. She comes across a dead soldier killed at the battle of Leningrad.

Director: Alexander Kluge | Stars: Hannelore Hoger, Dieter Mainka, Alfred Edel, Alexander von Eschwege

Votes: 146

OL, 12/9/16. 7/10 (FF).

OL, 12/9/16. 6/10 (FF).

31. Navajo Joe (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Western

32 Metascore

A Native American warrior called Navajo Joe seeks revenge on a gang of sadistic outlaws who has massacred the people of his tribe.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Aldo Sambrell, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Fernando Rey

Votes: 3,268

OL, 12/9/16. 5.5/10 (FF).

32. Chasing Christmas (2005 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Fantasy

In a world where the holidays are run by the efficient Bureau of Yuletide Affairs, a bitter and burned-out Ghost of Christmas Past decides to go AWOL while on a "mission" and leave his "target" stranded in 1965.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Tom Arnold, Andrea Roth, Leslie Jordan, Brittney Wilson

Votes: 677

TV, 12/9/16. 5/10 (FF).

33. Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Min-soo Jo, Jung-Jin Lee, Ki-Hong Woo, Eunjin Kang

Votes: 11,887 | Gross: $0.02M

TV, 12/9/16. 8/10 (R).

34. Lady Killer (1937)

94 min | Drama, Romance, War

Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women. He met Madeleine Courtois at Cannes. She is beautiful and lives in luxury. He lends her... See full summary »

Director: Jean Grémillon | Stars: Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Pierre Etchepare, Henri Poupon

Votes: 474

TV, 12/10/16. 6/10 (FF).

35. On Guard (1997)

TV-14 | 128 min | Drama, Adventure

69 Metascore

The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Perez, Marie Gillain

Votes: 3,132 | Gross: $0.10M

TV, 12/10/16. 6/10 (FF).

36. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

41 Metascore

Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey

Votes: 244,264 | Gross: $28.80M

TV, 12/10/16. 6/10 (FF).

37. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's (Bradley Cooper's) pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 411,770 | Gross: $350.13M

TV, 12/10/16. 7/10 (FF).

38. Do Elephants Pray? (2010)

105 min | Drama

Frustrated by the soulless routine world he is shackled to and dogged by a need to find meaning in everything, the life of advertising executive Callum Cutter is thrown into poetic chaos ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Hills | Stars: Jonnie Hurn, Julie Dray, Marc Warren, Rosie Fellner

Votes: 146

TV, 12/10/16. 5.5/10 (FF).

39. Buckaroo Bugs (1944)

9 min | Family, Western, Animation

Bugs is the Masked Marauder, a carrot thief whom Brooklyn's Red Hot Ryder must try to bring to justice.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce

Votes: 533

TV, 12/11/16. 6.5/10 (FF).

40. The Crimson Kimono (1959)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee

Votes: 1,803

TV, 12/11/16. 6/10 (FF).

41. The Nativity Story (2006)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Family, History

52 Metascore

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 9,450 | Gross: $37.63M

TV, 12/11/16. 6/10 (FF).

42. Monsters University (2013)

G | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A look at the relationship between Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. "Sully" Sullivan (John Goodman) during their days at Monsters University, when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Director: Dan Scanlon | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

Votes: 300,984 | Gross: $268.49M

TV, 12/11/16. 7/10 (FF).

Orig. title: Selfie brez retuše.

TV, 12/11/16. 7/10 (FF).

44. Moms' Night Out (2014)

PG | 98 min | Comedy

25 Metascore

Hardworking mom Allyson has a crazy night out with her friends, while their husbands watch their children.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins

Votes: 12,643 | Gross: $10.43M

TV, 12/11/16. 6/10 (FF).